James F. Brooks is a member of the Research Faculty and Director of SAR Press at the School of American Research (www.sarweb.org) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a center for advanced study in the social sciences and humanities. His Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (2002) was awarded the Bancroft Prize, Columbia University; the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians; the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians; the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory; and the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize, Western History Association.
Daniel Brower is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. He is the editor, with Edward Lazzerini, of Russia's Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700—1914 (1997); and the author of Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire (2004). He is currently exploring colonial themes in the Caucasian borderland.
Susan Layton is a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), where she teaches 19th-century Russian literature. She is also affiliated with the Centre d'études du monde russe (Paris). Her Russian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy (1994) will soon appear in paperback. Her most recent publication is "Imagining a Chechen Military Aristocracy: The Story of the Georgian Princesses Held Hostage by Shamil," Central Asia Survey 23, 2 (2004). Currently, she is investigating Russian narratives (memoirs and fiction) of military travel from the Napoleonic era through the Crimean War.
Marc Raeff is Bakhmeteff Professor for Russian Studies emeritus at Columbia University. His many works include Russia Abroad: A Cultural History of the Russian Emigration, 1919—1939 (1990).
Anatol Shmelev received his Candidate of Historical Sciences degree from the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1996, with a dissertation on the foreign policy of the Siberian government during the Russian Civil War. He has worked at Stanford University's Hoover Institution [End Page 453] for War, Revolution, and Peace since 1997, currently as Project Archivist for the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty collection. He has published articles in Revolutionary Russia and other journals.
Marci Shore is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her publications include: "Children of the Revolution: Communism, Zionism, and the Berman Brothers," Jewish Social Studies 10, 3 (2004); "Czysto Babski: A Women's Friendship in a Man's Revolution," East European Politics and Societies 16, 3 (2002); and "Engineering in the Age of Innocence: A Genealogy of Discourse inside the Czechoslovak Writer's Union, 1949—1967," East European Politics and Societies 12, 3 (1998). Her Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918—1968 will be published in 2006. Currently she is beginning work on a new project titled "The Wonder of Words: Cosmopolitanism and the Avant-Garde in East—Central Europe, 1910—1930."
Alexander Statiev currently teaches Russian history and international relations at the University of Calgary. He has published several articles on the Romanian armed forces on the Eastern Front during World War II in The Journal of Military History and The Journal of Slavic Military Studies. He is working on a monagraph, "Social Conflict and Soviet Counterinsurgency in the Western Borderlands, 1944—50." He plans to complete it in the next academic year, while a postdoctoral fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University.
Ernest A. Zitser is an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and the author of The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great (2004). He is currently working on an annotated translation of "The Life of Prince Boris Ivanovich Korybut-Kurakin," the first secular autobiography in the Russian language.